Jesus, we know You are calling us to follow
You just as You called Your first disciples.
You need us. You want us to be Your hands,
Your feet and Your welcoming smile.
We tell You that we are too young,
too inexperienced. That won’t work.
You want us to imitate Your Mother
who, while young and inexperienced,
said “Your will be done.”
We could claim old age. We can’t walk very far.
Or we can hardly seek or hear.
But then we read about old Simeon
who spent all his old age
waiting to greet his Messiah.
You want all of us to continue
as your disciples no matter our age.
We can always put a feeble hand
on another’s trembling shoulder.
We can spread Your message
in so many ways.
You don’t want to be stuck in a tabernacle.
You want to be out among us
working through us and with us.
We thank You for asking us to be
an important part of Your plan,
and important part of Your Kingdom.
- Columban Fr. Gerald Wilmsen